A Very Sordid Wedding

The weekend after the symphony concert on March 4th, Steve and I met up at LAX to drive down to Palm Springs for the world premier of A Very Sordid Wedding. We chose to drive because the flights from LAX to Palm Springs, though short, are insanely expensive. We now know why. No matter what it costs, FLY! We were… Continue reading

Quick Trip to West Hollywood!

This weekend we made a quick overnight trip to LA to meet up with friends, who also flew into the city of angels, to see a play. The trip, though short, was special. Seeing my dear friend, Mark, was wonderful. We haven’t seen each other in years, and he’s had a very difficult year but looks none the worse for… Continue reading

Rainy Days and Sundays…

In the few days since I’ve been in northern California, I think I’ve seen more rain than I saw in Manhattan Beach all year! I actually don’t mind it. I missed “weather” in southern California. I actually looked up the stats: more than twice as much rain here per year, and most of it falls in the winter. The locals… Continue reading

Goodbye, Old Friend [UPDATED]

This post has been long in arriving! Well, it’s sad in a way. We lived here for about 4 years, but now the house at 1901 North Poinsettia Avenue, in Manhattan Beach, is completely empty. I really enjoyed the house: the ocean breeze that blasted through it (ripping the curtains completely out of the wall when we first moved in),… Continue reading

My Annual Fall Tribal Dance Celebration Rituals

View from the front micro balcony I’m late!  I know. But, you see, we have had a very thick marine layer for weeks and weeks! I haven’t been able to even see the sky—until this week. And, Fall is in the angle of the light. I love it! I rejoice in it! It’s my favorite season! I find something about… Continue reading

Trips to the Gas Station

Today was my first gas station visit in Chloé, the new Nissan Leaf. No, I didn’t need to buy gas, oil, or transmission fluid. Chloé doesn’t use any gas or any oil or any transmission fluid. The brief visit was to get some goodies! <EG> Unlike driving any car I’ve ever owned, driving Chloé is totally awesome. I setup my… Continue reading

One of the All Time Greats

I have seen a handful of stunning sunsets in my lifetime. I’ve only taken pictures of one of them. Tonight, here in Manhattan Beach, was one of the all time greats, ranking up there with the photos I shot of the sunset at Muir Beach. Once again, I didn’t have my good camera with me. I took several pictures with… Continue reading

Yawn…

Click to enlarge my favorite tea cup... Woke up early this morning.  I ache from head to toe.  Even the hairs on my head seem to ache.  The past several days have been brutal, as bad as moving. The carpet has now been completely replaced.  It really looks and feels so much better.  The four upstairs rooms are almost completely… Continue reading

Inspired by Ms. Freeman…

She has been posting some amazing macro images on her Facebook page lately.  So, yesterday, when I went out to the mailbox, I saw this cool curly thing on the tip of a white lillie.  Inspired by Ms. Freeman*, I went in to get my camera and 100mm macro lens. Today it’s raining.  But because it so seldom rains, you… Continue reading

The Pacific Ocean

I know some of my readers back east love walking along the Pacific Ocean as much as I do.  So, for you, and for everyone who loves the sound of the surf, I bring you 60 seconds of the Pacific Ocean surf.  I recorded it yesterday at the northern part of Manhattan Beach.  Enjoy a minute of zen!… Continue reading